Addressing the reporters at the Presidential Palace in Baabda after the end of the binding parliamentary consultations, Hariri said, “The President of the Republic informed me, in the presence of the Parliament Speaker, of the result of the binding parliamentary consultations that led to my designation to form the new government.”
“I thank my fellow MPs, especially those who honored me by designating me to form a government of non-partisan specialists, whose mission is to implement the economic, financial and administrative reforms mentioned in the French initiative paper. The main parliamentary blocs committed to support the government in implementing this paper.”
“I tell the Lebanese who are suffering from difficulties to the point of despair, that I am determined to abide by my promise to them, to work to stop the collapse that threatens our economy, our society and our security, and to rebuild what was destroyed by the terrible port explosion in Beirut. I will focus first on rapidly forming a government, because time is running and this is the last and only opportunity for our beloved country.”
It is worth noting that Hariri was nominated for premiership by 65 MPs and 53 of others refrained from naming anyone.